This book offers a wealth of ideas and support for ways to bring poetry alive, drawing on what is known to work, and exploring exciting fresh ideas. It will help you to teach poetry with imagination and confidence, so that you can try new things whilst still meeting national curriculum requirements. An enjoyable and uplifting book, it is a must for anyone working with children aged 5 to 14 who is looking for inspiration for their poetry teaching.
The chapter proposes that through early encounters and sympathetic teaching the celebration of poetry can be engaged with as a lasting literary experience. It draws significantly on the approaches to poetry writing in the classroom documented by Jill Pirrie and Ted Hughes and also on related reflections of a range of contemporary poets. Quoting extensively from children's writing, the chapter argues that, given the guidance and encouragement to closely observe the human and physical world around them, and the freedom to explore their creative impulses, children can express their ideas in accomplished poetic forms. As a framework for these examples, reference is made to the writer's own teaching approaches and strategies.
You have to inhabit poetry
If you want to make it.
(from ‘Making ...